Italian cuisine has a great variety of different ingredients which are commonly used, ranging from fruits, vegetables, sauces, meats,
etc. In the North of Italy, fish (such as cod, or baccalà), potatoes, rice, corn (maize) and different types of cheeses are the most
common ingredients. Pasta dishes with use of tomato are spread in all Italy.
I was invited for a cook off with Chef Antonello Cancedda at JW Marriott hotel. It was Tuscan Food festival at Alba, a specialty Italian restaurant, serving Italian and Tuscan Cuisine. The Restaurant has beautiful decor, Ambiance and lighting with a fully equipped open kitchen.
I was welcomed by the friendly staff and got introduces to chef Antonello Cancedda, a very modest person. I was carried away by his simplicity. He was cooking a few Tuscany dishes for us!
Chef Antonello Cancedda, the expat Italian Chef De Cuisine at JW Marriott Chandigarh and looks after the culinary operations of Oregano Restaurant & Bar. With over two decades of experience Antonello brings with him rich experience, exceptional talent and understanding of an authentic Italian Kitchen to the hotel. He is passionate about creating unique flavors, catering to distinct tastes as he cooks to the guest's taste and preference.
He is known for his passion for Italian food and attention to details that marries the classical Italian flavors and ingredients with contemporary, fine dining presentation and cooking techniques. He strongly believes in retaining the authenticity despite the contemporary fashion of cooking. A native of Sardinia, Italy, Antonello has worked in some of the most prestigious Hotels and restaurants in Europe, Canada, Asia and United States. A Graduate from Scuola Alberghieria Restaurant and Hotel School of Genoa.
In his leisure time he enjoys playing guitar and sings Hindi songs too. He loves butter chicken and biryani and speaks a little Hindi too. He is also an avid practitioner of yoga and never misses his daily practice.
The pictures show a step wise process of pasta making from the pasta machine.
The Tuscan food festival was on until the 24th of August and sorry I am late on my writeup :) But you can always visit Alba for a romantic Italian dinner and experience the Tuscan cuisine.
Alba JW Marriott Hotel
Vittal Malya Road,
Bangalore - 560001